Maasai Women

Maasai WomenMaasai mamas form the backbone of the community rich culture.
Maasai women are the most enterprising members of the Maasai community. They rise early every day to milk cattle, collect firewood, prepare breakfast thereafter fetch water, launder clothes and before embarking a busy afternoon beading and crafting. They also collect herbs and roots recommended by traditional medicine-men for young babies and also other herbs for de-worming older children. With the help of their daughters they also collect sticks, grass, and cow dung used to build the Enkaji (housing unit). The most interesting part of the Maasai mamas’ chores is making decorative beadwork for a husband, sons, and daughters and also for themselves. After a long busy day, they prepare dinner for their families in the evening; they narrate interesting stories to tuck in their children before they get to sleep. They are the last to retire to bed and first to wake very early. Continue reading

Maasai Warriors

Maasai WarriorsCommonly known as the moran, they represent the young Maasai men who have undergone traditional rites of passage. After their graduation from childhood, Maasai boys become men and enter the next stage of their life, Moranhood, or warriorhood. Through traditional rituals and ceremonies young men are guided and mentored by their fathers and other elders in the community on their new responsibilities as morans.
During this time the junior warriors live with their families, but after a few years, once they reach maturity, they move out and live with other warriors in a manyatta, a kraal specially built for warriors, their girlfriends, and the fire stick elders, who will continue the instruction of the warriors. Continue reading